Restoring the Structural Integrity of Your Property
Of all the fungi that cause damage to timber, dry rot is one of the most devastating. Also known as Serpula Lacrymans, dry rot occurs when wood becomes too wet. There are many causes of damp timber within a home, including, leaking pipes, faulty drainage, condensation, or broken roof tiles. As dry rot spores develop, they become a wood-destroying fungus that attacks the damp timber. The result is expensive structural damage that could eventually cause a house to collapse.
The longer you leave dry rot untreated, the greater damage your property will incur. Therefore, it’s important to call a Sacramento dry rot repair specialist as soon as you notice any signs of a problem. Good Life Construction, based in North Highlands, is available to assess the full extent of dry rot damage in your home and will advise you on the best method of repair.
Because the fungus Serpula Lacrymans prefers damp, dark conditions, dry rot is typically found in out-of-sight areas, such as in attics or lofts, under stairs, and behind plaster. It will appear in different forms, including spores, hyphae, mycelium, or sporophore, depending on what stage it’s at during its lifecycle. Spores look like an orange-brown dust, hyphae appear as fine grey strands, and mycelium as a white or grey substance that looks like wool or cotton. Sporophore is the fungus’s final mushroom-like form, which looks like a red-orange flat pancake.
In addition to seeing the fungus itself, there are several other signs that dry rot may be present in your home, including:
- Damp or musty smells
- Brittle timber
- Damaged or decaying timber
- Deep cracks in timber grain
- Shrinking or warping timber
The good news is that, in most cases, the damage caused by dry rot infestations can be repaired. The specific repairs required depends on the extent of damage done to the wood. In some situations, minor repair of the wood may be all that’s required, which may include adding a brace to the current timber. When more extensive damage is present, or when the affected areas play a part in the structural stability of your home, such as trusses and floor joists, you should always replace the wood rather than repairing it.
There are several steps involved in the dry rot repair process, including:
- Identifying and eliminating the source of moisture, which will prevent the fungus from continuing to feed and grow
- Removing all wood that is infected or damaged, including flooring, door frames, skirting boards, and structural timbers
- Treating existing structural timbers in the impacted area with a fungicide treatment to provide a barrier against additional fungi growth
- Replacing the damaged wood with pre-treated lumber, which will prevent future dry rot infestation
In some cases, it may be necessary to add a dehumidifier to the area to remove excess moisture and prevent future fungus growth.
Prevent dry rot damage in your home and do your part to limit exposure of wood in your home as much as possible. Here are some steps you can take to prevent dry rot damage and protect your home:
- Siding: If you have wood siding, make sure it is sealed, caulked properly, and painted on time to prevent any moisture from seeping in
- Plumbing: Plumbing leaks are a common cause of dry rot, so if you notice a plumbing issue, take care of it right away. When checking your bathroom and sink areas, inspect around and underneath any cabinets, toilets, and showers for signs of leaks or excessive moisture.
- Ventilation: Having the proper ventilation throughout your home is essential to remove excess moisture from the air. Areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms, attic, and crawlspace are especially important.
- Roofing: Regularly inspect your roof throughout the year to avoid dry rot, water damage, or mold. Prevent damage by installing gutters to control the rainfall or clean up any debris.
- Deck: If you have a deck, make sure it is properly sealed.
- Landscaping: Check your lawn sprinklers regularly to ensure it sprays on your lawn and not on your home’s exterior trim. Repair or reposition any damaged sprinklers to avoid damages in the long run.
Our team of experts are here to help you restore your property to its former glory. When you need dry rot repair in Sacramento, rely on our experienced team to provide a fast and effective solution. We’ll make sure the job is done right the first time, working until you’re completely satisfied.
Call (916) 884-6132 today to schedule a professional dry rot survey for your home.
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